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Engineering - 1999
Roxspur is to set up a £4m electronic controls factory in Bristol for its Hortsmann Controls business, which will involve the relocation of workers from Bath and the creation of 160 jobs.
Peacock & Archer, the power steering company, has been acquired by GKN Driveline, thereby securing the future of the remaining 28 jobs.
Europa Magnetics is planning a £11m expansion at its factory in Cramlington to manufacture optical discs for internet service providers, with the creation of 107 jobs.
Bombardier is to sell its 50% stake in Shorts Missiles Systems to joint venture partner Thomson-CSF, and is also looking to sell its Bournemouth-based defence services division.
GKN has sold its 48% stake in Normalair-Garrett, the Somerset-based aircraft components business, to Honeywell for £73m.
Bunzl has sold its Stewart consumer plastics business to an institutional buy-out partly funded by NatWest Equity Partners.
Aquarius is acquiring Airbath International, the manufacturer of bathroom products, in a £4m deal.
Whitecroft has sold its Whitecroft Lighting business to management for £9.2m, as part of a move to de-list its shares by the end of March.
Thompson & Morgan, the Ipswich-based seeds company, has been acquired by International Garden Products of the US.
Cobham's FR Aviation subsidiary is to acquire National Jet Systems, the Australian operator of maritime surveillance services, for £24m.
King Sturge is acquiring Edward Rushton, the Manchester-based plant and machinery specialist, from Capital bank for undisclosed terms.
Apollo Metals has announced plans for a £52m management buy-out.
Invensys has sold its aerospace division to Smiths Industries for £109m, and its Australian automotive casting business to Mezzanine Investments for £20m.
FKI has acquired Pinnacle, the US supplier of material handling and warehouse management systems, for £262m, and expects to benefit from opportunities provided by expanding e-commerce companies.
Roxboro has acquired the Mobrey instrumentation business from Meggitt for £22m, and will combine it with its Solartron division.
Cambridge Water has been acquired by Union Fenosa of Spain for £54m, and this could lead to further diversification into gas and electricity supply.
Invensys has sold its DCE dust control business to Donaldson Company of the US for £33m.
Bellhouse Aerospace is to move into a new headquarters in Wigan next April with the creation of 60 skilled engineering jobs.
Pex, the sock manufacturer, has been bought out of receivership by Finnwear of Finland for about £1m.
Britax Rumbold is to build an aircraft seats factory in Cwmbran, creating up to 450 jobs, as part of a strategy to consolidate 28 sites across the UK into three new units.
ADT Fire & Security is planning to create 700 jobs in an expansion of its burglar and fire alarms business, and will open new offices in Reading, Brighton, London, Stoke-on-Trent and Swansea.
Porcelanosa is to set up a sales and distribution centre for its tiles business in Doncaster, with the creation of 50 jobs.
Aerpac is creating 135 new jobs following the relocation of its wind turbine blades factory to Kirkcaldy.
Richardsons Westgarth, the steel stockholder, has agreed to a £25m takeover from German-owned ASD.
Worthington is selling 56% of Nottingham Braid and all of its industrial threads division to their management teams for a total £2.2m.
Indigo Active Vision Systems, the Edinburgh-based manufacturer of security cameras, is to double its workforce to 70 following a £5m investment boost.
Bullough has raised £13m from the sale of two engineering operations - MHH Engineering and SEM - and is now looking to sell its Morley industrial motors business.
Money Controls, the manufacturer of coin-handling mechanisms, is being acquired by Coin Acceptors of the US for £86m.
Kangol is planning to expand its hat-making factory in Cleator with the creation of 150 jobs, and aims to transform redundant factory buildings into a visitor attraction.
SP Systems, the Isle of Wight-based manufacturer of composite materials, has been acquired by Zoltek of the US.
Independent Lifts is creating a further 30 jobs in Chesterfield, due to an increase in demand for the supply and installation of lifts.
Thames Water is to acquire E'town, the US supplier of water services in New Jersey, in a £575m deal.
Semara Holdings is selling its utility services division to management for up to £37m.
Smallshaw Precision Plastics, the injection moulding company, is to be bought out of receivership by its management, saving 30 jobs.
Gordon Ellis & Co has acquired Langham Products, the Somerset-based manufacturer of safety equipment, and will relocate the Langham business to its headquarters in Castle Donington.
Invensys has acquired Best Power, the US manufacturer of uninterruptible power supplies, for £145m.
Scapa is selling its specialist materials business to a bid backed by Duke Street Capital for £37m.
Senior Air Systems is to relocate its air conditioning equipment depot in Manchester to its main site in Stoke-on-Trent, with the creation of more than 50 jobs.
Tunstall, the Leeds-based supplier of personal security equipment, has been acquired by Mercury Private Equity for £102m.
Wardle Storeys, the manufacturer of inflatable life-saving equipment, is to undergo a £114m management buy-out with the backing of Alchemy Partners.
P Summerfield, the Willenhall-based forgings company, has been bought out of receivership by a management team for undisclosed terms, saving about 50 jobs.
Hollywood Signs, the Birmingham-based signmaker, is to relocate to a new headquarters at the Cole Valley Business Park in June, creating an unspecified number of new jobs.
Chubb has acquired FSE Systems, the Nottingham-based fire protection company, for undisclosed terms.
Gunn & Moore, the sports equipment manufacturer, is to relocate its Nottingham headquarters to a larger facility in Colwick, with the creation of 10 new jobs.
Seagoe Technologies is investing £4m at its electrical heaters factory in Portadown, with the creation of 68 new jobs.
Davis Service has acquired Midland Laundry Group, the supplier of laundry and operating theatre services, for £30m.
Mid Kent Holdings is to acquire Inenco, the cost control consultancy, for £11m, in order to reduce its dependence on the water industry.
SP Systems is to create a further 40 jobs at its Isle of Wight base, having won a £100m contract to supplying composite materials to a Spanish wind turbine producer.
Darwell Fabrications, the Tamworth-based precision engineering company, has undergone a £10m management buy-out.
Triplex Foundry is creating 50 jobs at its casting foundry in Tipton following a £3m investment.
Lionheart, the housewares company, is selling its operating businesses to management for £6.3m.
Crompton Lighting, the Yorkshire-based manufacturer of lamps, has been sold by NatWest Equity Partners to Cooper Industries for £67m.
Wolseley has sold its boiler and burner business to Industri Kapital of Sweden for £87m, which will involve the transfer of 250 employees at Nu-Way in Droitwich.
Charter is selling its specialist engineering division to the Candover venture capital group for £194m, including rail support systems, environmental control systems, and workspace environments.
McKechnie has sold its consumer products operations in the UK, US and Europe, to Newell Rubbermaid of the US for £81m, and the proceeds will be used to reduce debt.
John Williams Mouldings is creating 100 new jobs at its light assembly department in Dudley.
Brulines, the Thornaby-based supplier of measuring equipment to pubs, has acquired control of cash shell Comprehensive Business Services, in a £5m deal that could lead to the creation of 60 jobs.
PHS Group is to acquire Jardinerie Interiors, the supplier of plants to businesses, for £6.6m.
Flare Group has sold kiln-maker Bricesco and drying equipment manufacturer Thermic Designs to Longton-based Ceramic Drying Systems in a £1.5m deal.
Airsprung Furniture has acquired Cornwall-based traditional bed maker Enchanted House in a £0.5m deal.
Texon, the Leicester-based shoemaking materials company, has bought Claravon of Australia from Clarks Shoes Australia for undisclosed terms.
Queensbury International, the Portsmouth-based manufacturer of bus shelters, has been bought out of receivership by its management, saving 60 jobs.
Cookson is acquiring US printed circuit boards company Dexter Corporation for £20m, in order to provide a wider range of products to its customers.
Avon Rubber has sold CQC, the Barnstaple-based body armour business, to management for £3.1m.
Bowthorpe is selling its Havant-based Wessex Advanced Switching Products business to management for £2.2m.
Thomson Brothers of Kirkcaldy has acquired King & Company of Darlington, creating a combined architectural ironmonger business with 300 staff at 18 locations.
GEI International, the processing machinery supplier, is planning to sell its pharmaceuticals division to Metallgesellschaft of Germany for £22m, and the proceeds will be used to reduce debt.
PAF Systems, the Northamptonshire-based manufacturer of product handling equipment, has undergone a £5.2m management buy-out, and now aims to expand into continental Europe.
Buko is to create 60 jobs at its factory in Glenrothes, having won an order to supply shopping trolleys to Asda.
Alpine Rose, the Walsall-based babywear manufacturer, is creating 40 new jobs having won an order to supply clothes to France and Germany.
SP Systems has won approval from the Isle of Wight Council to double the size of its manufacturing facility in Newport, with the creation of up to 100 jobs.
Invensys is selling its paper technology division to Apax for £491m, as part of a strategy to focus on automation and controls.
Williams is acquiring two Norwegian fire protection companies - Norfass and Heien-Larssen - from Eltek for £17m.
AEA Technology has sold Analytical Services Group to Harwell Scientifics, a subsidiary of Atesta, for £2.2m.
Spaform, the manufacturer of spas and hot tubs, is to set up a new European headquarters in Portsmouth, which will involve the relocation of 120 staff from existing sites in Botley and Hedge End and the creation of 30 new jobs.
Pelikan Scotland, the Turriff-based manufacturer of printer accessories, has undergone a £10m management buy-out.
Silvermines is planning to sell its security manufacturing and distribution business to Bewator of Sweden for about £5.6m.
GKN's Sinter Metals division has bought Borg-Warner Automotive's powdered metals business in the US.
Dataracks is seeking permission for a £1m expansion at its metal rack enclosures factory in Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, with the creation of 15 jobs.
Primagraphics, the Royston-based manufacturer of graphics equipment, has undergone a £3.4m management buy-out.
Bennetts, the Nottingham office products company, has bought the business of James Hardwood, the recently-liquidated Derby company.
Jones Stroud, the owner of Coventry-based name-tag maker J&J Cash, has agreed to sell the group to management for £33m.
SciMAT, the Swindon-based manufacturer of high performance battery separators, has been acquired by Crane & Co of the US.
Lyte Industries has taken over the former Lucas SEI factory in Ystradgynlais, Wales, where it will employ up to 250 workers to manufacture ladders and access equipment.
Eliza Tinsley has sold its Belcot tool business to management for £3m, and is now looking for acquisitions to expand its sub-assembly range for off-highway vehicles.
Carclo Engineering is selling Lee Steel Strip to Avesta Sheffield for £21m, in order to focus on the growing market for techno-plastics.
HiGene Brewery Products, the Chesterfield-based supplier of beer pumps, has undergone a management buy-out with the backing of venture capital group Murray Johnstone.
Azurix has acquired Lurgi Bamag, the German engineering company, in a £18m deal, as part of a strategy to build up an international water business based on Wessex Water.
Connect-2 Technology is creating ten new jobs at its Teesside factory having won a contract to manufacture circuit monitoring and protection devices for W Lucy of Oxford.
Aquarius is acquiring Brampton Housewares, the bathroom cabinet manufacturer, for £6.2m.
Hallam Polymer Engineering has acquired H Slater & Son, the Sheffield-based polyurethane and rubber specialist, and will relocate the company to its site in Dronfield.
Elequip Projects, the Leicester-based electrical engineering company, has undergone a £5.5m management buy-out from parent company Silvermines Group.
Ocean Group has acquired Parkhill Reclamation, the Midlands waste management company, in a £41m deal that will double the landfill bank of Ocean's Cory Environmental Management subsidiary.
Teddington Bellows is to merge with Brockington & Scott to create a leading manufacturer of specialist expansion joints and bellows assemblies, employing about 150 people in South West Wales.
Leeds Group has acquired Calprina, the textile printing business, from Crowson Fabrics for undisclosed terms.
Portsmouth City Council has announced that Northern Tool & Equipment, the US supplier of lathes and drills, is to set up a UK headquarters in the city with the creation of more than 12 jobs.
Webgrove Holdings has acquired Arnold Plastic Moulding Tools from Kettering-based Alumasc Group for undisclosed terms.
Haden MacLellan is planning to sell its process engineering division to its US management, in order to focus on the manufacture and distribution of fasteners.
Rolls-Royce is to acquire Vickers for £576m in order to become a world leader in marine power systems.
S Lyles, the Dewsbury-based carpet yarn manufacturer, is to undergo a management buy-out in a £3.6m deal.
Senior is acquiring the aerospace ducting division of Cork Industries for £52m.
Addis, the Swansea-based houseware products company, is to be acquired by Emsa of Germany.
British Steel is to acquire the rail manufacturing business of Usinor of France for £83m.
Mott MacDonald is to build a 47,000 sq ft carpet factory for Westbond Carpets of Denmark at the Dearne Valley Enterprise Zone in South Yorkshire, which will create 50 jobs.
Mackie International's Belfast-based textile and machinery division is to be revived by Bridge Textile Machinery International of Galway, and a significant number of new jobs are expected.
Stortext, the Edinburgh-based information management company, has sold its paper storage business to Britannia Data Management for £10m.
Ocean is acquiring Parkhill Reclamation for £41m in order to expand its waste management business.
Rolls-Royce is to acquire National Airmotive, the US engine repair company, for £45m, as part of a strategy to expand its engine repair and overhaul business.
Polaroid is to expand its Vale of Leven plant in Scotland to make miniature film for its new pocket camera, with the creation of 250 jobs.
Vickers is to acquire Reumech, the South African-owned manufacturer of military vehicles, for up to £12m, and is also forming joint ventures with Mowag, Singapore Technologies, and Krauss Maffei Wegmann.
Tees Valley Development Company has announced that the Katsushiro Matex Company of Japan is to set up a £5m steel structures plant at the former Hallcalm Engineering site in Norton, with the creation of about 150 jobs.
Perlos is to expand its Sunderland-based plastics business with the creation of 90 jobs, and has also announced plans to move its Washington operation to a new unit next to the existing plant at Rainton Bridge South.
ISA International is to sell its Heath commercial stationery business to Kaye Office Supplies for £20m.
MeterLink is to set up a factory in the Forth Valley to manufacture equipment for measuring the use of electricity, water and gas, and 50 jobs will be created when a suitable site is found.
Coats Viyella has succeeded with its £80m takeover bid for Hicking Pentecost, the industrial threads manufacturer, thus beating a rival offer from Ruddick of the US.
James Halstead has sold its Driza-Done clothing division in Australia to Outback Consortium for £2.1m, and the proceeds will be used to expand its floorcoverings business.
Haani Cables is to create about 70 new jobs at its cable manufacturing business in Hartlepool, and is seeking permission for a new extension at the site.
Roxspur is selling Aylesbury Automation to Textron Fastening Systems of the US for £7m, and the proceeds will be used to reduce debt.
Norbain, the security equipment group, has undergone a £38m management buy-out, and is now seeking acquisitions to build up a global business.
Richardsons Westgarth is to sell Steel Supplies and Armstrong Plate to a new company called Fantastic Addition for £2.2m.
Balmoral Group of Aberdeen has merged its two tank moulding divisions to create Balmoral Tanks, which is expected to lead to around 20 new jobs over the next six months.
Sifam has sold its Torquay-based plastic trade moulding division to a management team for £2.4m.
Bowthorpe is planning to sell its thermal management business to Aavid Thermal Technologies of the US for £50m, as part of a strategy to focus on telecoms testing and aerospace.
Standard Products is to set up a plastic and rubber components division at its plant in Plymouth with the creation of up to 100 jobs, but its Huntingdon factory will be closed.
ICCS, the Dundee-based kitchen and catering supplies business, is to merge with MacGregor & Company of Edinburgh in a £3m deal, and a new head office will be set up in Grangemouth.
Silentnight is selling Wellhouse Wire Products, the spring making business, to Legget & Platt for £10m, in order to focus on bed manufacturing.
Focus Dynamics, the engineering company, has rejected a £5.3m takeover bid from Breckenburn, and has also received expressions of interest from other companies.
Hydraulic Equipment Supermarkets, the Gloucester-based hydraulics company, has undergone a £2m management buy-out.
Saxonmill of Batley is to merge with Nicol & Pratt of Meltham near Huddersfield, in order to save 100 jobs and fight off competition in the textile dyeing and finishing market.
Gough Engineering is to create 30 additional jobs at its Stoke-based factory following an increase in orders from the quarrying, steel and food industries.
BHK has built a new furniture factory in Peterlee, where it employs a workforce of 120, and additional jobs are being created.
Collectible World Studios is to create 75 jobs to cope with rising demand for its giftware business in Stoke-on-Trent.
Frederick Cooper is acquiring Stevensons of Shipley, the Bradford-based household products manufacturer, for £0.3m.
Serco has acquired Elekluft, the supplier of support services to German military customers, from Dasa for £18m.
ATL Consulting Group, the Southampton-based engineering consultancy, has been acquired by Bureau Veritas of France for undisclosed terms.
Invensys is acquiring UK Data Collection Services for £38m and Com-Trol of the US for £14m, as part of a strategy to expand into software and services.
BE Aerospace has won approval for a £4m extension at its aircraft seat factory in Kilkeel, Northern Ireland, which will create 130 jobs.
British Steel has acquired Laminacion y Derivados, the Spanish steel business, for £19m.
Semple Cochrane is acquiring Glasgow-based Advanced Computer Installations for up to £2.2m, and is also expanding its marine engineering business with a 10-year lease on ship-repair and conversion facilities at Penzance.
TI Group is acquiring Busak & Shamban, the German-owned speciality seals group, for £275m.
Newby Foundry Division is to merge its Newby Hill Top Foundry Airset business with Rudge Littley of West Bromwich, to create a combined iron founding group with turnover of about £9m.
Williams Fasteners of Sheffield has acquired Coalville Phoenix Fasteners for £0.1m, in order to expand its branch network into the Loughborough area.
Firth Rixson is acquiring Aurora, the Sheffield-based metal engineer, for £80m, in order to create a leading supplier of parts to the aerospace sector.
Kvaerner is selling most of its UK metals manufacturing business to Union Electric Steel of the US for £15m, but will retain its Sheffield production facilities.
Dawson International has sold its JE Morgan thermal underwear business in the US to Sara Lee for £60m, in order to reduce debt and focus on its cashmere products.
Senior is acquiring Pathway Bellows, the US manufacturer of expansion joints, for £22m, as well as Hydro-Flex of Canada for £2m.
Carbo, the Manchester-based abrasives company, has sold its Polybau drainage division to Wavin Plastics in a £1.9m deal.
JR Industries, the Cardiff-based manufacturer of vehicle roller shutters and railway carriage interiors, has been sold to management in a £12m deal.
Corgi Classics, the model car maker, is being acquired by Zindart of Hong Kong for £29m.
Haani Cables is seeking 30 new staff for its Hartlepool-based electrical cables factory, following a £2m expansion.
Severn Trent has acquired four US waste and water companies for a total £55m, including Samsco, Tetra Processes, Precision Laboratories, and Savannah Laboratories.
Syltone has acquired Priestmar Equipment, the hydraulic access platforms company, for about £3.5m.
BSS is planning to acquire PTS, the supplier of heating and plumbing products, for £56m.
Huber & Suhner is to expand its electronics factory in Bicester with the creation of 50 jobs, in order to cope with rising demand from the telecoms industry.
SignCorp is to merge with Sign Investments of Leeds in a £3.9m deal, in order to create a combined signmaking business that will float on Aim next month.
Forward Technology Industries, the machinery manufacturer, is to undergo a £9.2m management buy-out.
Raven Manufacturing is creating 20 jobs at the Altham Business Park near Accrington, having won a contract to supply digital satellite dishes to BSkyB.
James Walker & Co is to open a £2m sales centre for its fluid sealing business in Crewe, creating up to 40 jobs.
Vymura, the wallpaper company, has agreed to a £29m takeover offer from Gleadway.
Invensys has sold Rieth, its German cable support systems business, to Van Geel of the Netherlands for £7.5m, in order to focus on automation and controls.
Clares Equipment is set to acquire Calderburn, the office furniture group, for £27m.
Expamet is acquiring a steel lintel and doors business from Diploma for £17m.
E&I Engineering is to invest £1.1m in its sheet metal products business in Londonderry, creating 18 jobs.
Lilleshall has sold its plastic housewares business to Crystalware for £1.2m, as part of a strategy to focus on industrial services.
Riverside Engineering Services, the Dundee-based pipework and general fabrication company, has been acquired by a management team for undisclosed terms.
Cookson is acquiring Plaskon Electronic Materials, the supplier of plastics to the semiconductor industry, from BP Amoco for £78m.
Anglian Water is acquiring the Czech water company Severomoravske Vodovody for £50m, and is expected to follow this up with similar deals in other eastern European countries.
Orbis is acquiring Sitex, the property protection company, from Mercury Private Equity for £18m.
London Emblem is relocating its soft toys business from Surrey to a new office and warehouse facility in Gosport, with the creation of up to 40 jobs.
Forward Industries, the Swindon-based manufacturer of equipment for the nuclear power and hydraulics industries, has been sold to management in a deal funded by NatWest Development Capital.
PMS International is creating more jobs at its toy factory in Basildon, having won a licence to produce a new set of TV characters called Jellikins.
Cookson is to sell TAM, its ceramic powders manufacturing business, to Ferro Corporation of the US for £50m.
Electra Investment Trust has sold its PHS hygiene services business to rival venture capitalist Charterhouse Development for £215m.
Wassall has sold its Antler luggage business to management for £40m.
AFOS International, the Aberdeen-based filtration equipment company, has been sold to management for £8.5m.
George S Hall, the Stoke-based supplier of maintenance services, is to relocate its 90 head office staff to a new site at Festival Park, and an additional 20 jobs will be created.
Weir has acquired Warman International, the Australian pump manufacturer, for £195m, which will double Weir's sales of heavy-duty pumps to £300m a year.
Glynwed International has acquired Victory Refrigeration Company, the US refrigeration equipment company, for £16m.
Acrol, the Widnes-based PVC formulation specialist, has been acquired by Geon Company of the US for undisclosed terms.
Druck has acquired GLA Elettronica, the Italian manufacturer of electronic pressure and temperature measurement and calibration devices, for £0.5m.
Glynwed International has acquired Ipex, the plastic pipes company, from Canada's Ivaco and Sceptor Holdings for £220m.
Berisford is to acquire Scotsman Industries, the US manufacturer of refrigeration products, for £448m, and may now decide to sell its Magnet kitchens business.
Aerospace Systems & Technologies is to invest £8m in the expansion of its Derwentside manufacturing facilities for aircraft wing components, creating 80 jobs over the next three years.
Coats Viyella has launched an agreed £68m takeover bid for Hicking Pentecost, the industrial threads manufacturer, trumping a rival offer from Ruddick of the US.
Bridport, the aerospace and medical products manufacturer, is to be acquired by Marmon of the US for £30m.
Densitron International has confirmed the sale of its Densitron Microwave division to MCE for up to £7.4m.
FKI is looking to recruit a large number of apprentices at its Brush Electrical Machines factory in Loughborough, due to rising demand for its range of turbo-generators.
Cartwright Group is creating an extra 60 jobs at its trailer-manufacturing business in Altrincham.
Standard Cressall, the shoe machinery supplier, has been sold by the Halma Group to a management team for undisclosed terms, and will now trade as Standard Engineering.
Haani Cables has tripled the size of its electric cables factory in Hartlepool, and expects to add to the 100-strong workforce over the next few months.
Unidare is acquiring Oklahoma Rig & Supply, the US wholesaler of industrial supplies, for up to £37m.
Acco Europe, the office products company, is returning to its former headquarters in Wrotham Heath, where it will employ about 80 staff.
Thorn Lighting is to build a £5m distribution centre at its Spennymoor factory in County Durham with the creation of 60 jobs.
House of Hardy has acquired Greys of Alnwick, the manufacturer of fishing tackle, for undisclosed terms.
Catch Monitored Security, the supplier of security and surveillance systems, has opened two new sales offices in Coventry and Manchester and is recruiting an extra 55 staff for its call centre in Middlesbrough.
Powerscreen International, the engineering company, is to be acquired by Terex of the US for £181m.
Lucas Aerospace has acquired SAMM, the French flight control equipment subsidiary of Peugeot Citroen, for undisclosed terms.
Shorts is to invest £18m in the expansion of its aerospace factory in Belfast in order to build a new fuselage for Canadian parent Bombardier, and up to 170 jobs will be created.
Kenwood Appliances has sold its Isle of Wight engineering plant to management in a £1.1m deal, securing 135 jobs.
Souplex, the Morecambe-based plastic moulding company, has been acquired by Moll Industries of the US.
Severn Trent Water has awarded a £9m pipeline maintenance contract to utility contractor MPB, which could create up to 100 jobs in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.
Meggitt is to acquire Whittaker Corporation, the US supplier of aerospace parts, for £236m, and expects the deal to strengthen its position as a supplier to Boeing and Airbus.
Fenland Laundries is planning to set up a £4m factory in Louth in order to provide a nationwide garment service, and 80 jobs will be created.
Smiths Industries is to acquire Environmental Technologies Group, the US manufacturer of sensors that detect harmful substances, for £9m.
Umeco has acquired ASED, the distributor of aerospace chemicals and electronic components, from TI Group for £12m.
Hatt Kitchens, the Kidderminster-based supplier of made-to-measure kitchens, has undergone a management buy-out that will secure the future of 100 jobs.
Renishaw is expecting to receive planning permission to expand its electronic measuring equipment factory in Wotton-under-Edge, and aims to double its workforce from 800 to 1,600.
Ferranti Technologies, the Oldham-based electronic equipment company, has undergone a £10m management buy-out.
British Steel has confirmed plans to merge with Hoogovens of the Netherlands with the loss of about 2,000 jobs, although there are no plans to close any big steel plants.
Domnick Hunter is acquiring the industrial products division of Hiross of Italy for about £8m.
Emess is selling its JSB electronics subsidiary to Cooper of the US for £38m, in order to focus on its consumer lighting business.
Rolls-Royce has sold Peebles Electrical Machines, the Edinburgh-based manufacturer of electric motors and generators, to Pope Electric Motors of Australia.
Bodycote International has acquired King & Fowler, the Liverpool-based surface coatings company, for £1.9m.
Outline Engraving, the Nelson-based printing plate manufacturer, has been acquired from the receivers by Pamarco Europe, saving 56 jobs.
Yorkshire Water is to acquire Aquarian Company of Connecticut for £278m, making it the first UK group to buy a quoted US water supply company.
Capital Coated Steel of Cardiff has acquired Forall Metal Products of Stourbridge from the receivers, saving 40 jobs.
The Industrial Development Board of Northern Ireland has announced that furniture and services group SoS Group is to create 24 new jobs in a £1.4m investment to expand capacity.
Warner Howard, the distributor of laundry systems, is to undergo a £53m management buy-out.
Aerolaminates of Denmark is planning to build a £13m wind turbine blades factory on the Isle of Wight's St Cross Business Park, with the creation of 250 jobs.
Shanks & McEwan is to acquire Caird, the waste management company, for £51m, and hopes to achieve big cost savings as the two companies have various sites close to each other.
FKI is acquiring Industry General Corporation, the US materials handling company that specialises in systems for the parcel delivery business, for £32m.
Denby, the manufacturer of glazed stoneware, has announced a £40m management buy-out in response to falling retail demand and the strength of sterling.
Cintex, the developer of manufacturing inspection systems, has been acquired by HSBC Private Equity for £38m.
British Ceramic Tiles has announced a £30m plan to expand the former Candy Tiles factory at Heathfield in Devon, creating up to 300 new jobs.
FKI has agreed to acquire Crisplant Industries, the Danish manufacturer of sorting systems, for £187m.
GT Group, the Peterlee-based engineering company, is to create 120 jobs in the north-east having secured export orders worth £20m.
Dyson is planning to build a £20m vacuum cleaner factory next to its existing site in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, with the creation of 1,100 jobs.
Harry Dalby Engineering has acquired Regent Engineers, the Narborough-based pressings company, for undisclosed terms.
Chadfort Engineering is to expand its factory in Blackburn, with the creation of 35 jobs and the introduction of new robotic welding equipment and a powder coating plant.
Bodycote has expanded its metal processing business with four acquisitions for a total £13m - Janini of France, LJ Broutman of the US and Ferrodur and Fuji Metallveredelung of Austria.
Wagon has sold its Forkardt workholding operations to management for £11m, in order to focus on the automotive and storage sectors.
BVG Airflo is to expand its 56-strong workforce with the opening of a second factory in Brecon to manufacture fishing tackle.
Senior Engineering has sold its precision tube division to Tyco of the US for £31m, and the proceeds will be invested in its Flexonics business.
OSM, the Southampton-based machining specialist, is setting up a new workshop and office in Doncaster to service the offshore industry, and at least 12 jobs will be created.
Brooke Industrial is to acquire Somta Tools, the manufacturer of high-speed cutting tools, from Anglo American for £4.5m.
Calderburn, the Blackburn-based office furniture group, has sold its Neville Johnson subsidiary to management for £8m.
Bristol Uniforms, the manufacturer of protective clothing, has been sold to specialist workwear company Faithful Group for undisclosed terms.
Cookson is acquiring Premier Refractories from Alpine Group of the US for £252m, to create an enlarged refractory products business employing more than 800 people at 70 sites.
Fairey is set to acquire Servomex, the industrial instruments company, for £19m.
IGG Component Technology, the Fareham-based supplier of satellite parts, has been sold to its management team for £10m.
Volex is acquiring the power cord division of Belden for up to £18m.
Metnor is acquiring two engineering services companies for a maximum of £6.5m - Norstead, the air conditioning supplier, and MGY, the supplier of hoses and gauges.
Burmah Castrol is planning to acquire Remet Corporation, the US supplier of casting products to the engineering industry, for $33m.
Senior Engineering is selling its heat-treatment operations to Aalberts Industries of the Netherlands for £25m.
Stratagem has sold its industrial door and access control business to Kaba of Switzerland for £6.3m, in order to focus on refrigeration, castings and motor dealerships.
Beauford has sold three Stoke-based pottery factories - Wade UK, Wade USA and Allied Insulators - to a management buy-out team for £7.9m.
Sterling Fluid Systems is to open a new information technology centre at its site in Letterkenny, Donegal, with the creation of 16 jobs.
Morgan Crucible is selling its Isomor engineering business to Vesuvius Scotland for undisclosed terms, which will result in the loss of 48 jobs at its Morganite Thermal Ceramics plant in Norton.
Biffa has acquired the Poplars Resource Management Company from Staffordshire County Council for £26m, in order to expand its waste management business.
Grundig UK is to expand production at its TV set-top boxes factory in Llantrisant with the creation of 120 jobs.
Cable & Wireless is selling its undersea cable-laying operation to Global Crossing of the US for £550m, in order to focus on its core business of communications networks.
Europower is acquiring Voss, the US couplings distributor, for £3.7m.
Ring has acquired Arctic Products, the manufacturer of pipe freezing kits, for about £1.2m, in order to improve its position in the plumbing market.
United Industries, the engineering company, is selling Cintride, Neepsend Tools and Neepsend Scotland, to their management for a total £2.6m.
Densitron, the electronic components company, has sold its microwave subsidiary to an undisclosed buyer for £8m.
Ambic Technical Furniture, the maker of specialist furniture, is to relocate from Newcastle city centre to the Stella Gill Industrial Estate at Chester-le-Street, creating 15 jobs.
Ellison Holdings, the engineering company, has been acquired by TransTechnology Corporation, and the US company will close its Anderton International factory in Bingley and transfer 150 workers to Ellison's factory in Glusburn.
Spring Ram is selling 85% of its Stag Holdings furniture business to management for £4.2m, in order to focus on kitchens and bathrooms.
South Staffordshire Water is planning to acquire Epok, the drain and sewer cleaner, for £3.2m.
Electra Investment Trust has sold Wap Reinigungssysteme, the German manufacturer of high-pressure cleaning systems, to Incentive of Denmark for £72m.
Glynwed International has sold its three remaining metal processing businesses to Niagara Corporation of the US for £21m, in order to focus on pipe systems and food services.
AC Yule is setting up an aluminium products factory in Sunderland, with the creation of up to 24 jobs.
William Baird is acquiring Lowe Alpine, the manufacturer of outdoor clothing and equipment, for £13m.
Money Controls has sold Kestrel Injection Moulders and Hampton Mouldings to Integral Plastics for £8m.
Vitec has acquired Litec, the Italian lighting equipment manufacturer, for £2.6m.
The new Defence Vetting Agency is to create about 140 jobs when it sets up in York next April, and a further 40 staff are expected to relocate from existing vetting agencies in the south.
Rykneld Tean is planning to relocate its industrial tapes business to the West Meadows Industrial Estate in Derby, creating up to 40 new jobs.
Harrier is seeking 80 temporary staff for its mail order photo-finishing laboratory in Newton Abbot, in order to cover the busy summer period.
Royal Brierley Crystal is planning to relocate to a new £5.5m site in Dudley next year, and 20 jobs will be created in a visitor centre attached to the factory.
Carclo Engineering is to acquire Carrera Corporation, the US plastic mouldings company, for up to £16m.
Hydra-Tight, the Walsall-based bolt tensioning and pipeline coupling company, has been acquired by Waukesha Bearings Corporation of the US.
Edwin Trisk Systems, the Sunderland-based infra-red heating equipment company, has been bought out of receivership by Precision Engineering International for undisclosed terms, saving 70 jobs.
Metalrax has acquired RTA Wine Racks, the Norfolk-based manufacturer of metal and wooden wine racks, for £3m.
Carclo Engineering is planning to buy Wood Industries, the US plastic mouldings company, for about £22m.
Denise Fabrics has bought Wilson Wilcox, the Yorkshire-based fabric design company, out of administration.
Vosper Thornycroft has won a £180m contract to provide two new firefighting training facilities in Plymouth and Portsmouth for the Naval Recruiting and Training Agency.
Wenaas has acquired St Heliers Safety, the Tyneside-based manufacturer of clothing and protective equipment with turnover of about £2m.
Sissons is seeking to recruit an additional 25 workers, following the expansion of its stainless steel sanitary ware factory on the Sheepbridge trading estate in Chesterfield.
Inchcape has sold most of its marketing operations in the Middle East to Cupola Investments of Dubai for £72m, as part of a strategy to focus on its international automotive distribution activities.
TS Booker & Son, the Wakefield-based specialist furniture manufacturer, has been sold to a management buy-in team.
AC Yule has set up a £1m glass processing factory in Livingston and plans to create an extra 26 jobs over the next three years.
British Steel has acquired Caradon Catnic, the Caerphilly-based steel lintel producer, from Caradon in a £14m deal.
Apollo Metals has won a £50m a year contract from British Aerospace Military Aircraft & Aerostructures, and will set up a new subsidiary in the north-west that will create 65 jobs.
IMI Marston is selling its Wolverhampton-based aerospace business to Hamilton Standard for £17m.
Headway is selling its Europa sofa-bed manufacturing business to a management team for about £1.5m.
TI has acquired Tri-Manufacturing, the US maker of jet engine parts, for £36m.
JE Eltherington & Son is planning to build a £1.5m factory to manufacture windows and doors in Hull, which will create 65 jobs if approval is given.
GKN and Finmeccanica of Italy have agreed to merge their helicopter operations, Westland and Agusta, into a joint venture that will have about 20% of the world market.
Gemini Corrosion Services is setting up a £1.5m corrosion protection plant in Montrose in order to double production capacity and create an unspecified number of new jobs.
Texon UK, the manufacturer of structural footwear materials, has acquired Leicester-based Cornwell Industries for £3m.
Headlam has acquired Eclipse Blinds for £52m, and is now planning to spend up to £40m on acquisitions to expand its floor covering business in continental Europe.
The government is offering cash from a fund called the Regional Selective Assessment to help create more than 1,000 jobs in the North East.
Utopia Furniture is to set up a £6m headquarters for its fitted bathrooms business in Wolverhampton, with the creation of an unspecified number of jobs.
Indespension is recruiting an additional 20 workers at its trailers factory in Bolton, and is also looking to expand its retail network which includes new branches in Cardiff, Stoke, Scunthorpe and Blackburn.
Biotrace International is to add a second production line for rapid hygiene testing systems at its Bridgend plant, creating 30 new jobs.
Sven Christiansen is to expand its office furniture factory in Kingswinford in the West Midlands, with the creation of 25 jobs.
Garador, the Yeovil-based garage door manufacturer, has undergone a management buyout for undisclosed terms.
Oliver Ashworth Group has acquired Walker & Staff, the Billericay-based industrial valves and pipeline equipment distribution business, in a £1.4m deal.
Hoppe of Switzerland has invested £2.5m in a new distribution centre for its door handle products at Four Ashes near Cannock, which will employ 70 people.
Blick has acquired General Control Systems, the South African developer of computerised time and attendance products, for £2m.
Oxford Instruments is selling its Nuclear Measurements division to Canberra Industries for £5.9m.
Esselte Office Products has sold its Bar Hill-based Machine Supplies Division to management in a multi-million pound deal, and the business will be renamed Roltech and extra staff taken on.
John Tams is to recruit an extra 50 temporary workers and return all its six potteries to full production following an increase in orders.
British Aerospace has awarded a £11m contract to Balfour Beatty to build an aircraft wings factory in Broughton, Chester.
Rotork is buying Valvekits Group, the valve products company, for £6.6m.
Delta has sold its cables business to Draka Holdings of the Netherlands for an initial £22m.
PHS Group, the hygiene products company, is to set up a call centre in Caerphilly with the creation of 80 jobs.
Mal Tool is planning to expand its aerospace parts factory in Colne with the creation of up to 75 new jobs, and is seeking to diversify into the supply of parts for the gas turbine industry.
Horace Small Apparel, the work clothes manufacturer, is to sell its US operations to VF Workwear for £36m.
Vinks Plastics, the Sale-based supplier of plastic sheeting, has been bought out of receivership by Valiant Plastics of Manchester, for £11m.
Williams is acquiring Tempus, the Swedish fire protection company, for £10m.
CFM Kinder is planning to build a £2.5m gas fire factory at the Trentham Lakes employment park in Stoke-on-Trent, with the creation of 120 jobs.
Web Dynamics, the manufacturer of hi-tech fabrics for the building, medical and automotive industries, is investing £1.1m in a new factory in Bolton, where it will employ 35 people initially.
Glynwed is to sell most of its metals-processing business to Tyco International for £145m, and the proceeds will be used to acquire pipe distribution and commercial kitchen equipment companies.
Williams has acquired FPD Guardforce, the Hong Kong security and fire protection business, for £75m.
Arco is planning to build a national distribution centre for safety equipment and industrial products in Hull, creating 100 jobs.
Uniplas is to invest £1m in Portadown to expand production of a new lightweight plastic piping product, creating nine jobs.
Thornton Precision Components and seven other engineering companies have been acquired by a management buyout with the backing of 3i from National Industries of Kuwait for £154m, and the new company will be called Mettis Group.
Callsafe Services is creating an unspecified number of new jobs at its base in Rugeley, Staffordshire, due to rising demand for its health and safety consultancy service.
Shorterm Group, the engineering contract employment agency, is being acquired for £17m by a group of institutions led by 3i, and the business will be expanded nationally.
Balmoral Marine and Trident Offshore have formed a joint venture in Aberdeen to supply mooring system packages to the offshore oil and gas industry, and up to 20 jobs will be created.
Cookson has sold Cookson Fibers of the US to a US venture capital company for £93m, and has also announced a £30m restructuring programme that will result in the loss of 700 jobs.
Helios Ventilation Systems is to move its sales and distribution department from Sussex to Colchester with the creation of an extra 10 jobs.
Aerpac is to create 70 jobs at its fibreglass wind turbine blades plant in Glenrothes due to rising demand.
Coats Viyella is selling its Dynacast precision engineering business to Cinven, the venture capitalist, for £322m.
Burgess & Garrick Oil Services and Global Recycling Systems have announced plans to invest £1.5m in the construction of two new drill cutting clean-up plants in Aberdeen and Peterhead, with the creation of 20 jobs.
Amey is acquiring Enviresponse, the environmental disaster recovery specialist, for £1.1m.
Jordec is diversifying out of engineering into cleaning services with the acquisition of Checkclean and Corporate Clean for £2.1m.
DA Stuart Oil, the manufacturer of metalworking lubricants, is undergoing a £1.5m expansion programme at its Wolverhampton site that will create 38 new jobs.
Appeal Blinds, the Bristol-based manufacturer of blinds for conservatories, has undergone a management buyout.
JCB has started a recruitment drive to find staff for its new digger factory that will open in Cheadle later this year.
Powerscreen International is selling a US subsidiary Powerscreen USB to Svedala Industries of Sweden for £5.5m.
Calderburn is selling its Dauphin office furniture manufacturing business to Daco for £1.7m.
Sandwell Investment Bureau has won more than £1m of EU funding to regenerate industrial land in the West Midlands, and expects to create or safeguard 800 jobs.
Tomkins has acquired Aquatic Industries, the US supplier of whirlpools, for £7.8m.
Umeco is acquiring Aerovac Systems, the supplier of vacuum bagging products to the aerospace sector, for £12m.
AEA Technology has won most of a £50m contract to supply batteries for the Army's new Bowman battlefield communications system, and a factory will be built in Thurso.
Bethell Group has acquired Electricity Distribution Services, the heavy-duty cabling company, for undisclosed terms.
Senior Engineering has acquired Thornskill, the holding company for Willcox Hose, for £2.2m.
Glynwed is selling Amari Plastics and Port Plastics to an unnamed US company for £19m, as part of a strategy to focus on its pipe systems and food services divisions.
P&M Vacuum Services has been acquired by Tuthill Corporation of the US and its Heywood factory will be used as the European manufacturing and distribution facility for Tuthill's industrial vacuum pumps.
Waste Recycling has completed its merger with Yorkshire Water's Global Waste Management operation, and is also buying 3C Holdings from Yorkshire, thereby creating one of the UK's leading waste management groups.
GGI Office Furniture, the UK subsidiary of Global Group of Canada, is opening a new £6.7m European headquarters in Darwen, East Lancashire, with the creation of 100 jobs.
Air International of Australia is to set up a £10m factory in Blaina, south Wales, to manufacture car and rail air conditioning systems, with the creation of 98 jobs.
Kingspan has acquired Entec (Pollution Control), the manufacturer of mini waste treatment plants, for £2.6m.
Yorkshire Water is to acquire York Waterworks, the supplier of water in the York area, for £34m.
EJA Engineering, the safety-switch equipment manufacturer, is to be acquired by Rockwell of the US for £50m.
TR Fastenings and Oncad Engineering are setting up new factories on the Heart of the Park industrial estate in Newton Aycliffe, with the creation of more than 20 jobs.
British Aerospace is to redevelop its Filton site in Bristol with the creation of 125 jobs.
Orion Electric of Japan is to recruit an additional 50 workers at its TV and video factory in Port Talbot to cope with rising sales.
Spaceminster, the Milton Keynes-based supplier of injection moulding machines, has acquired Lupton Holdings for £1m.
Rentokil Initial has acquired eight hygiene and security companies for a total of £37m, including UK companies Crime Halt Security Systems, Wolsey Comcare Alarm Systems and Capstan Security (Wessex).
Williams has acquired two French fire protection companies - Proteg Incendie and Proteg Extincteur - from Securitas of Sweden for £53m.
Boing, the Bristol-based manufacturer of inflatable play products, is looking to recruit an additional 25 staff to cope with an increase in orders.
Sondex, the manufacturer of logging tools for the oil and gas sector, has sold a majority stake in the company to NatWest Equity Partners in a £10m deal.
Firth Rixson has acquired Spartan Sheffield, the specialist engineering company, for about £1.5m.
Doughty Hanson, the private equity concern, is planning to acquire Tornos Bechler, the Swiss lathe manufacturer.
Kidsgrove Fabricating & Engineering is planning to create 50 jobs at a new manufacturing unit in Chesterton, which will involve the transfer of operations from existing sites in nearby Tunstall and the Crewe Gates Industrial Estate.
Berisford has acquired Convotherm Elektrogerate, the German commercial ovenmaker with net assets of about £2.6m.
Polypipe is acquiring Pagette Sanitar Produktions, the German plastic products manufacturer, for up to £9m.
Park Products, the Blackburn-based manufacturer of mobile lighting towers and sheet metal work, is being bought by management from its parent company Fife Indmar for £3m.